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nbc bay area news starts now. >> and right now at 11:00, next wave of rain hitting the bay area. we're giving you a live look at our radar. you can see a lot of green, even some orange out there. yellow, red. here's what it looks like outside in san francisco. and in san jose. gor good morning, everyone, thanks for joining us, i'm scott mcgrew. >> let's get right to christina loren. we've hardly seen you in the newsroom, you've been so busy. >> busy and kind of skipping along, because this is exactly what we need to see for us to help dig out of our historic drought here in california, so kris, scott, everybody at home,
we're looking good for some decent rainfall totals out of the system that's coming in right now, but there are some dangerous components to this storm. a lot of rain coming in over a very short duration of time and back behind the main front you'll see we have some lightning strikes out there, so we're fair game for some thunderstorm activity throughout your afternoon hours. now you can see right now the main portion of that front is still draped to the north of the golden gate bridge, but all of this activity is starting to push past 19th street in san francisco, it's going to be getting pretty active there over the course of the next ten to 20 minutes, and then as we head through about 11:23, during this broadcast, that heavy stuff moves over the peninsula and it looks like palo alto by about 12:12, just after this show, the heavier stuff moves into the south bay, where it will stay for much of the night. so we're going to keep you up to date with what's going on, show you that storm as it impacts the bay area. right now, we are getting the heaviest rainfall. we'll keep you updated and we
have another one on the way for saturday, so stick around. i'll have the latest on that coming up. right now, back to you, scott, kris, and the rest of the top stories of the day. new at 11:00, the cozy relationship between pg&e and the cpuc under the microscope this morning. at the center of it in proper e-mail sent by the utility to commissioners, nbc bay area's bob redell in san francisco. the cpuc is deciding, bob, how to punish pg&e. >> reporter: good morning to you, scott. the public utilities commission here in san francisco just approved a roughly $1 million fine and a much larger penalty down the road for what amounted to be a behind closed door negotiation that affects how rate payers and how much they pay for a gas and electricity. now this centers on an e-mail exchange that took place last january. in it the utility asked its regulator, the puc, to change the administrative judge in a rate case from one who is, quote, hard on the utility, to
one who is more favorable. the e-mail showed the puc ultimately complied with the request. once it became clear that was in violation of commission rules, four senior officials with the utility and puc either were removed or resigned. president michael peevey on the commission, who was included in part of that exchange, ended up recusing himself from that rate case. and peevey and commissioner recused themselves from the vote. the remaining three commissioners agreed with the recommendation the utility shareholders contribute a $1,500,000 fine to the state's general fund and there be restrictions on these kind of communications for as much as a year. in august the commission will decide on a much larger financial penalty for pg&e, one that could benefit rate payers. the backdrop surrounding this decision is that pg&e gas line explosion that killed eight people in san bruno four years ago. this morning the city of san
bruno demanded the puc release 65,000 other e-mails between pg&e and the body that regulates it, with the belief those exchanges may show additional illegal activity. their suspicion stems from earlier e-mails which the puc consulted the utility on how big its fine should be in that blast. >> the public has a right to know there are these off the record secret communications between pg&e and the puc that could tamper the investigation process into the san bruno explosion. >> reporter: the puc did not discuss the releasing of those 65,000 e-mails this morning, which the city of san bruno tells us they are not surprised. reporting live here in san francisco, bob redell, nbc bay area news. >> bob, thank you much. well, new details in the florida state university shooting. we are learning the three students shot were trying to stop the gunman at the time. it happened around 12:30 a.m. 300 to 400 students were in the
library studying when those shots first broke out. police say the gunman was on the library steps when he started shooting again, this time at officers. they returned fire, killing the gunman. classes at florida state university are cancelled today, as investigators work on a motive. well, president obama is changing the rules on immigration. tonight he will outline a plan for immigration reform to the nation, taking executive action. it's a move that is leading to a fight with the new republican congress, a fight that gop leaders say they will not ignore. here's a photo of president obama preparing for tonight's speech. >> what i'm going to be laying out is the things that i can do with my lawful authority as president to make the system work better. >> reporter: 18 democrats got a preview at a white house dinner last night. >> what he said to us was, look, luis, i want to put felons ahead of family. i want to put criminals ahead of children when it comes to the
processes of deportation. >> reporter: we are expecting the president will announce up to 5 million undocumented immigrants could stay in the u.s., including a quarter million farm workers, parents of children born here, children brought here illegally, and high-tech college graduates. >> a lot of these people are law-abiding, what i consider citizens and they should have the right to be here. >> reporter: the administration insists the reforms are legal. >> they will address a number of things, including border security. >> reporter: republicans insist the president's making an illegal end run around congress, which failed to pass immigration reform. a new nbc poll shows almost half americans disapprove president obama acting on his own. >> he did nothing about this except, you know, blow hot air. >> reporter: texas governor rick perry says his state will sue. spokesman for house speaker john boehner says tonight's speech
may ruin any chance for an immigration compromise in the new republican-controlled congress, but we'll have to wait and see. supporters are planning rallies this evening to coincide with the president's speech. at st. peter's church in san francisco last night, members of the san francisco organizing project made signs for one of those rallies. there we met adriana, who plans to be expected to be protected from deportation, but only one of her two young daughters will be protected, the other does not qualify because she was born in mexico. >> for once i am really happy that i'm not going to be having fear to be in the street, at work. my heart is still broken because i will be part of this government, i will receive relief, but not my oldest daughter. >> other people from st. peter's will be joining others to watch the president's announcement later today. the rally starts at 5:00 on golden gate avenue in san francisco.
we will air the president's speech tonight here on nbc bay area, also we'll stream it on nbcbayarea.com. that's 5:00 live from the white house. then tomorrow, the president will be in las vegas talking about the next steps in his immigration plan, nbc bay area's damian trujillo will be at that event reporting live for our newscast. the university of california tuition hike was just approved moments ago. raising the cost from $12,000 now to nearly $16,000 in the 2019 school year. nbc bay area's stephanie chuang is live outside the meeting in mission bay. stephanie, there were some scuffles between protesters and police yesterday, even an arrest. what is it like now, now that this has been passed? >> reporter: good morning to you, scott. good question. it was quiet outside, but definitely got pretty heated inside. 20 minutes ago was when the formal approval came on the tuition hike, and as you can see, again, quiet and empty outside, but inside the protesters were starting to
shout things like shame on you, so the regents had to take a recess. students say one thing is for certain, this money should not be coming from them. today a wooden board stands where a glass door used to. outside, campus police officers guard the entrance. inside, a pile of zip ties. preparations just in case another confrontation like yesterday's breaks out. uc police and protesters have scuffled outside the regents meeting. officers took a 21 year old, a cal junior, away in handcuffs. he went straight from mind bars to uc berkley's wheeler hall, joining up to 250 students occupying the building in protest of the planned tuition hike. >> i'm trying to stay here until the regents, chancellors, and uc at large answer the demands. >> reporter: janet napolitano says the system has saved $660 million and continues to make cuts, but stresses it's not enough, adding state support is the lowest it's been in more
than 30 years. alumni regent agrees that uc leaders have little choice. >> we don't want to create this as a standoff between the university and the state or trying to pressure the state to provide more money, although we do request if they can to do that. >> reporter: it doesn't appear to be a likely option. lieutenant governor gavin newsome this morning asked for support to stop the tuition hike, noting it's a demand that comes on the heels of their 20% salary increases for some of the system's top earners. also wanting the region to scrutinize the way the money is being spent, saying he comes from a poor los angeles neighborhood and has had to deal with too many struggles. >> you shouldn't be buying a new house when kids are starving and really students should come first. >> reporter: the expected no votes came from state leaders like governor jerry brown and
the lieutenant governor gavin newsome. at uc berkley, wheeler hall, we hear it's rowdy and students will not leave until three demands are met, no tuition hike, there's more transparency when it comes to tuition budget planning, and the charges against the student arrested yesterday are dropped. monday there's a campus, statewide campus walkout action, day of action, where students and anyone else at uc campuses will be walking out some time on monday. live in san francisco, stephanie chuang, nbc bay area news. >> okay, stephanie, thanks. happening now, all bay area ports shut down following the death of a worker who died last night. today's work stoppage, 24-hour safety stand down, is common after a worker's death. >> this is extremely dangerous work. unfortunately, too many workers are killed, and the fatality
rate is higher than police and firefighters, so it's a very serious issue. >> details of that worker's death have yet to be released, but all ports will be open again for business tomorrow morning. hollywood mourning the loss of a legendary director. >> you're trying to seduce me. >> mike nichols died suddenly last night. of course, the 1968 film "the graduate" catapulted dustin hoffman, nichols also directed hits like "the bird cage," but may be better known for his work in theater. he was one of the few people that's won an oscar, tony, emmy, and a grammy award. his wife was tv news anchor diane sawyer. mike nichols was 83 years old. >> a lot of people feeling that loss. very sad. still to come, bringing the olympics to the bay area. when san francisco wants to host the summer games. plus, new revelations the nsa was worried about the nsa
and welcome back. fairly quiet day on the markets, unless you're go pro. go pro lost about 6% this morning as it put yet more shares on the market. a ton of go pro shares now on the market. the associated press has uncovered new evidence that shows fairly senior level officials at the national security agency were concerned that according to the activity of american phone calls was illegal long before edward snowden exposed it. the nsa has since admitted it tracks nearly every single american cell phone call. those officials say they did bring their concerns to their boss at the time. general keith alexander, pointing out it was contrary to the nsa mission to spy on americans. alexander said the agency would continue the plan. now the associated press says those top officials have come up with a compromise that was surprisingly close to the plan that failed in the senate this week. well, new this morning, there will not be another steve jobs movie, at least not any time
soon. cnbc is reporting sony has dropped the project. the main actor dropped out, then the struggle to find someone to play steve jobs, the real steve jobs seen here, just became too much. of course, there's already been a steve jobs movie. lots of people think the best movie about steve jobs wasn't the ashton kutcher halfhearted attempt, that got a 27% on rotten tomatoes. back in 1999, noah wiley played steve jobs in "pirates of silicon valley." that was a great movie. >> that was really good, yeah. all right, now we have an investigative unit exclusive. more criticism for pg&e, this time for failing to secure critical electric substations in northern california. >> security they are talking about. >> and the puc is tasked by law. >> earlier this year the nbc bay area investigative unit showed serious security failures at several substations in northern and central california. now following our report, jerry
hill and a former president of the state's public utilities commission, the puc, are calling for the state's top regulator to investigate pg&e. >> based on what we reported, should the puc begin an investigation? >> oh, absolutely. there's been a clear safety violation, not once, but twice, and who knows how many other times that have gone unreported? from what you document, not much has changed in an unsafe situation. >> you were doing the public's work for us by identifying the weaknesses in their system that still exist. when we've been assured with $100 million that the problem was solved and corrected statewide. it obviously hasn't been. >> substation security is critical, because many high level experts believe last year's attack at san jose's metcalf substation may have been a test run for terrorists. tonight at 11:00, tony kovaleski takes us to several substations
for an up close look at security issues there. and if you have a tip for our investigative unit, give us a call, 888-996-tips, or you can e-mail us. san francisco's officially throwing its hat in the ring for the 2024 summer olympic games. >> wouldn't that be something? the bid is on after a preliminary meeting with the u.s. olympic committee earlier in the summer. san francisco has tried three times before, but failed to secure a summer games, including the 2016 games, which are happening in rio. so far it looks like los angeles, boston, and washington, d.c. are also in the running for the bid. the ioc makes its final selection in 2017. maybe the problem is that the summer games would be like the winter games. >> so cold, that's right, that's right. let's check our weather, speaking of, checking in with christina. >> well, it's finally starting to feel like fall, and it will actually look like a winter storm coming through the bay
area. i would say as we head through about saturday, that's when we're going to get the coldest of the three systems. that one's also going to dump snow on tahoe, but before we get to the saturday storm, we've got to get through the one that's producing heavy rainfall right now, and typically along the s-curve of san rafael, this hour you're moving smoothly, but not when you've got heavy rain coming through. i want to put things in perspective for you, we're getting a lot of rain right you and you can see the size of the storm moving in now in comparison to the storm that's on its way for our saturday. this one is going to be the biggest of the three, likely producing more rainfall than we're already getting from the storm out there right now. so all things in perspective, getting a little bit of lightning offshore at this hour, you can see the heavy stuff right now concentrated right along 101, so we've got dangerous driving conditions right now that extends all the way from sonoma county, south through marin, and even all the way through san francisco to half moon bay, heavy down pours
coming through and that will continue to be the trend as we head through about the next hour or so. you can see san francisco just about the entire tip of the city getting that heavy rainfall, so here's what we're expecting, temps will be on the cool side for today, plenty of 60s. showers starting to taper off through about 5:00, and after that, it's going to be calm for awhile, all the way through your friday, looking nice and dry. that's a good day to do traveling. by saturday, that big system comes through and we're looking at some heavy down pours and treacherous driving conditions, especially early saturday. i'm going to show you that system in just moments, then through the second half of the weekend, we're almost there, so close now, you can make those outdoor plans for sunday, also looking good for monday. sunday's going to be your travel day, because look at what is coming through the bay area. this system moving slower, packing more moisture, we stop the clock for you at midnight on saturday, the light to moderate rainfall starting it to press into the north bay. it all extends south as we head throughout early saturday
morning, but watch this. even between 6:00 a.m. and noon, still getting showers out there and, yeah, we're going to clear you out as we head throughout the second half of your saturday, into sunday, but we could be talking about one to two additional inches of rainfall on the valley floor. things to keep in mind through the rest of today, potential thunderstorms, the heaviest rainfall right now starting to impact the greater bay area, thunderstorms likely between now and about 5:00, after that, showers wind down, a break tomorrow, then it comes back strong on saturday. what's this mean for tahoe, you may be wondering? we'll talk about that coming up. right now back to you, scott and kris. >> make us wait for the good stuff. still to come, who's this? not that guy. we have video of a panda frolicking in the snow. we can't get enough of it. we'll show you more. coming up after nbc bay area news at 11:00, access hollywood live, followed by days of our lives at 1:00 p.m.
well, raider nation is rallying around that team, they are trying to keep them in oakland. >> stay in oakland! stay in oakland! >> that's catchy. fans from across the country and around the bay area showed up at raider headquarters in alameda this morning. they hope their support will encourage the team to stay put. the san antonio city officials met with the team's owner, mark
davis, earlier this month, but no announcement has been made. davis says his priority was to keep the team in oakland, but he's been unable to reach a deal with officials over a new stadium. the team currently shares the coliseum with the a's. >> good for them, not fair weather fans, either. it's raining. well, buffalo bills are set to play at home on sunday, but that is only if the team can actually dig the stadium out from under all of the snow. >> so the team's offering $10 per hour and free tickets to fans who show up with a shovel. the team is hoping to get 500 shovellers willing to work triple shifts to get the place ready for sunday's 1:00 kickoff. the area has received six feet of snow and is expected to get three more feet over the next few days. the bills estimate it is 220,000 tons of snow. >> that is a lot of snow. but this giant panda at the toronto zoo, he doesn't care about a lot of snow. look at him just rolling around
like a little animal. he is one of two giant pandas on loan from china. toronto gets a lot more snow than they are used to. the advantage, he gets the slopes, here he is sliding all the way down. >> snow panda don't care. >> that's how i ski. once wasn't enough for the furry adrenaline junkie. yeah. >> well, i wish we had more panda information, but still to come, we investigate -- >> i mean, so, very happy that you guys have took some time. and i hope it will help somebody. >> the investigative unit spent nine months uncovering medical mistakes. we uncover which hospitals made the most mistakes and why.
as many as 400,000 people died from medical mistakes last year in this country in what is called adverse events. >> california law requires hospitals to track and report those adverse events, but that information is not so easy to get, so investigative reporter stephen stock spent months doing it, digging for that data. >> reporter: in the last four years, california hospitals reported to the state that they've had more than 6,000 adverse events. not all of those events resulted in death, but all of those errors or bad outcomes were not expected. 42-year-old chris had a brain tumor removed last year, but the success of the operation was short lived. >> everything went to hell.
>> my mom went in on march 30th, 2007, for a double knee replacement. >> reporter: holly stewart's mother was a vibrant 72 years old when she went to the hospital to have knee surgery seven years ago. >> she said my knees don't hurt, it's my stomach. >> reporter: these two families both suffered what the medical experts call unexpected outcomes, or adverse events. california law requires hospitals to report those adverse events to the state within five days. the state then tracks all of those events, anything from bed sores, to operating on the wrong body part, to death related to surgery. we discovered there have been more than 6,000 adverse events over the last four years, resulting in millions of dollars in fines to the state. but our investigation found the information published online is limited and difficult to find, and it doesn't say which hospitals make which mistakes, it just shows total numbers. like holly stewart's mom, who
died two days after knee surgery, becoming septic from a twisted intestine. >> gave her a big hug, she opened her eyes, then she closed them, she didn't open them again. >> reporter: while chris did survive, he got an infection that caused brain damage. now he expects to live only a few more months. >> you carry that extra burden of knowing what it could have been, what it might have been like if this hadn't happened, the infection hadn't happened. >> reporter: after months of digging up information on adverse events in california, we found that over the past four years, two bay area hospitals, stanford and ucsf, lead the state in the number of adverse events, but you would never know that looking at the department of public health's website. it publishes a report each year that does not identify individual hospitals, but the complete data from the state that we obtained does identify those hospitals. you would also never know that
most of those adverse events at both ucsf and stanford are for bed sores. other hospitals lower on the knew mare call list have the highest numbers of the more serious categories. take, for instance, santa clara valley medical center. according to the state's data, santa clara valley had 30 cases where a foreign object was left inside a patient during surgery. that's out of a total of 64 adverse events. or take feather river hospital near chico. it had 22 adverse events in the last four years, ten listed for performing the wrong surgery. >> patients have a right to know what the quality of care is in their institution. >> reporter: both a medical doctor and ethicist who studies adverse event reporting. he wants more transparency in the system. >> the hospitals would be able to look more carefully on that data and use them to improve them and tout how good they are, compared to other hospitals.
>> reporter: do you think it's important to track them? >> it is absolutely important to track them, particularly preventable adverse events. >> reporter: dr. josh adler serves as chief medical officer at ucsf. over the last four years, ucsf has gotten the most fines in the state for adverse events. dr. adler says those high numbers show the hospital is doing a good job tracking the errors and then using that same data to improve the quality of care for all its patients. >> i believe that we are a very safe hospital and part of why we are safe is we have been in this error finding and resolving business for a long time. >> reporter: dr. adler says not every hospital in california is as committed to tracking these adverse events. he points to other hospitals that have low adverse events numbers that he says are too good to be true. of the hospitals that reported to the state, nearly half said they have five or fewer mistakes in the four-year span. some hospitals even said they had only one mistake or adverse
event. >> i certainly think we need to be more transparent as a medical community. even to the point of simply saying, do we really even know that everyone is doing their best to count and report their adverse events? >> reporter: states like washington and minnesota do just that. in fact, washington tracks adverse events by type and location on a quarterly basis, not here in california, where the department of public health does not publish where or when adverse events occur. >> right now, the system is not designed to improve patient safety. >> reporter: as for victims like chris, he just hopes others can learn from these mistakes so they won't have to go through what he's gone through. >> i mean, very happy that you guys have took some time and i hope it will help somebody and i hope it has already. >> reporter: stanford hospital's told us in a statement they, quote, treat some of the sickest patients in the nation, many of whom have much more complex
medical conditions than typically seen at community hospitals. santa clara medical center told us, quote, our focus remains patient safety, and since 2011, we have had a significant and steady decrease in the number of retained foreign objects. and feather river hospital said, quote, it is not always black and white. we make the report if there is any possibility that there might be a reportable event. as for the state, public health officials refuse to sit down and talk to us about any of these adverse events data. to help you learn more about this and to view the hospitals' full statements, we posted everything online. just go to nbcbayarea.com. and click on the investigations tab. i'm stephen stock, nbc bay area news. >> and it is certainly worth a look. if you have a tip for our investigative unit, give us a call at 888-996-tips, or send an e-mail to the unit.
well, all she had left of her mother, now it's gone. thieves took the most precious possession in her house, not electronics, but her mother's jewelry, as nbc bay area's ian cole explains what the thieves didn't know is the cameras were rolling. >> reporter: two men broke into the home yesterday afternoon trying to be careful, holding their sleeves over their hands to prevent leaving fingerprints and covering their faces, oblivious to the surveillance camera in the corner of the living room. >> never really thought that, you know, it would ever record anything like this. >> reporter: she didn't plan to spend her 30th birthday reviewing surveillance video but says she found an early present. one of the men lets down his guard and looks directly into the camera. she says it gives her hope, considering what they took. >> very heart breaking. >> reporter: she says they stole her mother's jewelry, items her mother left her when she died of cancer 11 years ago. >> it was something i was really hoping to pass on to my
children. >> reporter: she and the santa clara county sheriff's office hope you'll recognize these guys and find the missing jewelry. she also hopes the thieves find some help. >> very disappointing to realize that people are desperate enough to do something like that. >> reporter: in saratoga, ian cole, nbc bay area news. >> pretty clear picture. she may get her stuff back. a warning for parents at a san francisco school this morning. school leaders say someone tried to kidnap a student there. staff at the church sent a letter to parents saying a 7th grade student was walking to a nearby cafe yesterday when a man ran at him. the student screamed and ran away. school officials believe that man was trying to abduct that student. san francisco police have not said whether this is a credible abduction attempt. students at san jose state planning another protest today in hopes of convincing the school's president to apologize for racial comments made by a board member. students started protesting
earlier this month after a board member allegedly made racist comments about latinos. the board member has since resigned. so has the school's vice president, who was there when the reported comments were made. while students are pleased with the changes, they still want an apology. they'll form a circle around the university president's office today to demand that apology. well, still to come, snowed in. already six feed in buffalo, getting ready for the next storm to roll through. and we've got rain on the radar, not just the light stuff, we are tracking heavy down pours, potential thunderstorms. lots to go over when it comes to your microclimate forecast, the most active part of this first storm coming in now. it's not a safe place to live. >> and from criminal to cultured, meet the man trying to change the tenderloin's troubled image by putting its history on display.
jr. >> reporter: san francisco's tenderloin is described in many ways. >> the grittiness, i think, is part of it. >> not a safe place to live. >> reporter: but generally those descriptions don't include cultural perception. randy shaw understands why visitors to this rough neighborhood walk or rather run away with bad perceptions, still he doesn't think the rawness is necessarily a character flaw. >> i think we do have an authenticity that a lot of people come here and they don't find many places. the front part of the space bordering eddy will be a cafe. >> reporter: so shaw is leading an effort to not just change perception, but to celebrate it. and what better way to do that than a museum? >> this is a future home of the tenderloin museum. >> reporter: in the corner of the cadillac hotel, work began this week to transform this forlorned store front into a museum. >> it's going to start from 1907 when the tenderloin was rebuilt.
we're going to have a wall, a portion of the wall cut out in the shape of the >> reporter: t tell the story of the neighborhood that emerged from the 1906 earthquake and didn't change all that much. >> when you go to what used to be, all you see are plaques. come to the tenderloin, same way almost as it was back in the 1900s. >> reporter: development passed over the tenderloin, leaving a neighborhood of largely untouched architecture. >> we have a history of writers, artists, a history of musicians, madams, brothels. >> and it needs to be told. needs to be seen. a lot of people don't know what went on here. >> the start of the gay movement in san francisco began with gay bars in the tenderloin from 1969 to '73, the top rock and roll hits in america were recorded in the tenderloin. >> reporter: despite its reputation, the neighborhood is attracting some new business. >> it was one of the only places in the city where the rent was
still reasonable. >> reporter: jessica silverman -- >> this is on low. >> reporter: opened a gallery near the cadillac hotel to showcase modern art. >> the grit is important to the neighborhood. we're not looking to, like, wipe away its history. >> i can't stop talking. >> reporter: shaw says the museum, which is scheduled to open in april, will be filled with interactive exhibits, as well as a cafe. >> we think the museum is going to bring a lot of positive street life and foot traffic into the neighborhood. >> reporter: at night, shaw hopes to hold jazz concerts and events to bring the corner a different sort of life, one some might even consider a destination. joe rosato jr., nbc bay area news. a new study finds teens who get up earlier for school are more likely to get into a car crash. researchers looked to two neighboring counties in virginia. in one, students start high school at 7:20 in the morning. in the other, they wait until 8:45 in the morning. crash rates, 29% higher in the
county where school started earlier. there was no difference in adult crash rates, so it wasn't traffic. the study was published in this month's journal of clinical sleep medicine. doctors recommend teens get at least nine hours of sleep a night. >> your teens get that much rest? >> at least. more snow is on the way for upstate new york, which is currently digging out from a record breaking lake effect storm. six feet fell in two days, with as much as three more feet expected in some areas. dylan dreyer shows us what it's like. >> here in hamburg, new york, the conditions here have been changing minute by minute and mile to mile. this morning we had complete whiteout conditions. you couldn't even see a few feet in front of you, and now we are looking at clear skies that way and some lingering snow that way. the heaviest band has pushed about just a few miles to our south, but that's where we're seeing now snowfall rates about three to five inches per hour.
that band is 15 miles wide and about 15 miles long, so it's in that zone where we're going to see the heaviest snow. fortunately for right now that's not the hardest hit area from the first round of lake effect snow. this was one of the hardest hit areas and just driving around, it's incredible. just neighborhoods are buried in snow, cars and homes, you see the street sign to a street but can't find the street and people are literally stuck in their homes and saying that the plows might not even get to them for days. the heaviest band of snow is expected to push back into this area later today. there's the possibility we could see another foot or more of snow, and then the big concern will be when a warmup happens this weekend and rainfall. all of this snow will absorb all of that water. it's going to add some weight to the roof, so we've had reports of roof collapses, but we could see even more as we head into the weekend, despite the warmup. in hamburg, new york, dylan dreyer, nbc news. >> not even for a minute would i put up with that. my goodness.
i lived in toledo, ohio, and salt lake city, utah. >> it's nice to visit. my mother-in-law lives in upstate new york. then we get on a plane and come home. >> where it is raining, at least today. >> you know, we need it, too, in this state. that's the one thing we've been lacking when it comes to our perfect weather in california, we've needed the rain and now it's coming in heavily. you can see what it's doing to your drive, though, here through san rafael, really slow go on both sides. you can see commuters over here really taking it easy and kicking up that water, which is now accumulating here on the highway. we have a lot of rain coming in right now. it's not going to last all day, but this front is packing a lot of moisture, a lot of rain coming in at one time can be problematic, especially because our roads are not equipped from this kind of rain. also we're seeing out here across the pacific, lightning firing off. we've had our last lightning strike about a half hour ago, so
that activity winding down, but still fair game through the next couple hours. at this point, heavy rainfall starting to press along the east shore into oakland and hayward, but still mostly dry in the south bay for now. i take you across the bay and you can see berkley getting some heavy rainfall, as well, and that extends all the way out into the tri-valley. now for us, we're still going to see this rain here in the south bay, but we're going to have to wait for it. probably for another couple hours, we'll get some good rainfall, about 3:00, starting to wind that down between 3:00 and 5:00, clearing you out. temperatures for today are, obviously, going to be cool with that storm system coming in. it actually originated in the gulf of alaska, so it got a lot of cool air with it, just 59 degrees in the north bay for today. then once we get through this weather maker, everything in perspective for you, we've got a bigger storm system on the way as we head throughout your saturday. yeah, this big whopper mixes with the one coming in right now, which is producing heavy rainfall, look, tiny, so hopefully that thing will
maintain its organization, because we could be talking about 12 hours of steady rainfall across the bay area on saturday if it, in fact, does. i stop the clock for you at midnight. rich moisture passing through the north bay. stop the clock again at 4:00 a.m., yeah, a lot of the heavy stuff north of the south bay at that point, but still coming inment then we take you into saturday morning and the good news is, hopefully we'll be sleeping in at this time, guys, because it will be saturday morning at 7:00 a.m., but even into 9:00 and 12:00, still getting light showers. all of that will clear out and you can get outdoors on sunday, but we don't want you to forget about saturday's safeway food drive. all of us are going to be out there, kris is doing happy dance, spirit fingers. >> jazz hands. >> that's what we do, get to hang out at a safeway all day, but it's for a good cause. $10 feeds one family. sorry, i'll come back for this. >> you and i are the same place.
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welcome back. a trio of lion cubs taking on the big outdoors. >> yeah, we are getting our first glimpse of the three cubs at the oregon zoo. they were born in september and they are going to be out for a short trip until the weather warms up, but zookeepers made sure they baby-proofed the habitat, lining the bottom with straw bedding. they are cute for savage carnivo carnivores. >> every time the mom was there to pick one up. >> awesome. you're awesome. thanks so much for joining us today. our next newscast is at 5:00. >> of course, find out all the investigative stuff we were showing you, nbcbayarea.com. have a great day. hey john, check it out.
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